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Tampa National Origin Discrimination Lawyer

Discrimination or harassment in the workplace on the basis of your national origin is illegal. If you have suffered national origin discrimination at work, contact Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, LLC. Our experienced Tampa Bay, FL employment lawyers are tough advocates for workplace discrimination victims.

What Is National Origin Discrimination?

As described by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), national origin discrimination involves treating applicants or employees unfavorably because of ethnicity or accent, because they appear to be of a certain ethnic background, or because they are from a particular country or part of the world.

The law prohibits discrimination based on national origin in any aspect of employment, including:

  • Hiring
  • Pay
  • Job assignments
  • Promotions
  • Training
  • Fringe benefits
  • Layoffs
  • Firing

Why Hire Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, LLC?

Our Tampa employment attorneys are passionate advocates for our clients. We take a hands-on approach to your case, devising comprehensive strategies custom-tailed to suit your needs and aggressively litigating for maximum damages. We are compassionate and understanding and make sure you are aware of your legal options before undergoing any formal proceedings.

How a Lawyer Can Help

If you believe you have been subjected to national origin discrimination, your best course of action is to consult with an experienced employment lawyer as soon as possible. You may need to act quickly to protect your rights. Our experienced attorneys have the knowledge and skills to assist you in negotiations with your employer, and to file a charge of discrimination and fight for your rights in court if necessary.

Discrimination Laws in Florida

Under the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992, discrimination is prohibited against all individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, handicap, or marital status. Florida workers are also protected against national origin discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the main federal anti-discrimination law. This protection against discrimination with regard to compensation, terms, privileges, or conditions of employment on the basis of national origin extends to all employees or applicants for employment, provided that the employer employs at least 15 employees.

Examples of National Origin Discrimination

To prove national original discrimination, you must show that you were subject to an adverse employment action because of your ancestry, birthplace, ethnicity, culture, surname, native language, or accent (unless it affects your ability to perform job duties), or other characteristics associated with your national origin.

National origin discrimination on the part of an employer may involve:

  • Refusing to hire applicants based on national origin
  • Firing an employee because of national origin
  • Segregating employees by area or function based on national origin
  • Setting “English only” rules in the workplace when it is not necessary for the job
  • Derogatory remarks, ethnic slurs, mocking of accents, or other behavior that creates a hostile work environment

Your case may be based on statements made by your manager or employer reflecting discriminatory employment policies against certain ethnicities. It may also be proven indirectly by showing facts that indicate discrimination to the judge.

Contact Our Firm Today

If you have been the victim of discrimination in the workplace based on your national origin or ethnicity, contact Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, LLC today. Our Tampa Bay employment law attorneys are zealous advocates for victims of national origin discrimination and well-versed in state, federal and local laws. We offer a free initial consultation to determine if you have a case before proceeding.

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